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Nittany Lions send seniors off with a dominant win
|100 Breast||53.59||2/24/17||Big Ten Championships|
|200 Breast||1:57.60||2/25/17||Big Ten Championships|
|200 IM||1:46.52||2/23/17||Big Ten Championships|
|400 IM||4:02.04||1/14/17||at Yale|
2016-17 (Freshman Year)
Four-time Big Ten Men’s Freshman of the Week and eight-time dual meet event champion … Two-time Canadian National Champion over the summer winning gold in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.01) and 50m breaststroke (27.94) at the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships in Montreal … Competed in nine meets for Penn State, including Big Ten Championships, swimming primarily in the breaststroke and 200 IM … Earned career bests and three top-20 finishes in the 100 breast (53.59, t-11th), 200 breast (1:57.60, 13th) and the 200 IM (1:46.52, 20th) at the Big Ten Championships, tallying NCAA B-cut times in all three … 200 IM time was the team’s fastest for the year, while he ranked second on the team in the 100 breast and third in the 200 breast and 400 IM (4:02.04) ... Also contributed in the relays at Big Tens, helping the 200 medley (1:25.27) and 400 medley (3:08.04) relay teams to fifth-place finishes in NCAA B-cut times, and the 200 free relay team to a seventh-place finish (1:19.00) … Made collegiate debut against Towson (10/6), winning the 100 (56.28) and 200 (2:05.61) breaststrokes … Won the 200 IM against Virginia Tech (10/15) in 1:53.70 … Named Big Ten Freshman of the week after swimming first NCAA B-cuts at the Ohio State Invitational (11/18-20) with top times of 54.75 in the 100 breast to place fourth and 1:59.65 in the 200 breast to place 11th … Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for a second time after he won both the 100 (55.42) and 200 (1:59.79) breasts, placed runner up in the 200 (1:49.89) and 400 (4:02.04) IM and also contributed to winning efforts in the 200 and 400 medley relay against Yale (1/13-14) … Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for a third time following Navy (1/21), after sweeping the 100 (55.10, B-cut) and 200 (2:02.17) breaststrokes, earning a win in the 200 IM (1:50.60), and opened the meet by contributing to a winning effort in the 200 medley relay … Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for a fourth-time following the regular season finale at Villanova, winning the 200 breast (2:00.88) and contributing to a first-place mark in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:24.37.
Attended Chinook H.S. … Swam since age 12 with Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club under Coach Peter Schori … Competed in the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials (200 IM) … Won five gold medals and one silver at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games … Competed in the Alberta 2016 Provincial Championships and 2015 Calgary Speedmeet International … 2011 North American Challenge Cup Competitor … Earned four gold medals, five silvers and three bronze competing in the Canadian Age Group Championships (2012-14) … 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Competitor … Named Lethridge’s 2014 Junior Male Athlete of the Year … Earned Swimming Canada’s Victor Davis Memorial Award in 2015 … Four-time Team MVP (2012-2015) … Holds club’s records in the 50m breaststroke (29.08), 100 breaststroke (1:03.89), 200 breaststroke (2:21.61) and 200 IM (2:08.58) … Member of Chinook High School Interact Club.
Full name is Kaelan Jay Freund … Born August 23, 1998 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada … Parents are Jason and Julie Freund … Has two siblings, Joshua and Brittany … Intends to major in mechanical engineering … Enjoys golfing … Wants to become an NCAA finalist and a Canadian Olympian … Favorite foods are litchi juice and steak … Favorite athlete is Richard Say … Favorite TV shows are Black Sails, Game of Thrones, Grimm and Walking Dead … Favorite movies are The Never-ending Story, Princess Bride and I am Legend.
Why Penn State?
“Penn State offers me the perfect combination of athletics and academics for me to move out on my own and create a life for myself that I can be happy with and proud of. The team is extremely helpful and supportive towards one another both in and out of the pool, the campus is a welcome change from the prairies of Alberta, and there is no better place to get a world class education. From the first contact Penn State had my attention with their kind, informative, and understanding coaches and staff. The team and coaches are eager to train hard and be the best they can. I am excited to join such a wonderful atmosphere.”